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Vintage-look e-reader cover

Having served faithfully for almost four years, this summer my Kindle has given up. I very quickly received a replacement as an early birthday present 🙂 The new e-reader was smaller and so the cover that I had made for my old Kindle was far too big – a new cover definitely had to be made! I had two types of ..hmm.. supplies that I wanted to use up. The first was a ball of mercerized cotton yarn in a vintage cream colour, bought in a charity shop ages ago; what I had in mind when buying it is a mystery to me. I tried to crochet several things with it, but they all came out too thick and stiff – I’ve undone them all, except for this square motif, made using a diagram here:

 I also had scraps of grey linen-look fabric – remains of the cushion cover from IKEA. I used this fabric as a background for the Phoenix picture and for another felt applique (which I will post soon), and also for the feathery doll “Growing wings”. The scraps were too small for a book-cover style holder – so it had to be a pouch. I also used heather-coloured lining fabric from my stash and cotton wadding. The crochet motif was hand-sewn onto the grey fabric, and after that I had to invent as I went along.

The cotton wadding was cut

and hand-sewn using a hemming stitch, rather than machine-sewn, to avoid the seam bulk. This layer was then inserted into the grey fabric pouch, and from that moment the two layers were treated as one. I tried it with a zip first:

After shortening the zip, stitching it in and making all the edges and corners neat and tidy, it turned out that the opening was too small for the e-reader to go through without being scratched by the zip. I’ve taken out the zip and made a loop instead – that worked much better:

I had a covered button in my stash, cut off from an old skirt; I unpicked it with a small screwdriver, took off the old fabric it was covered with, replaced it with my grey fabric the way covered button are usually made and pressed the parts of the button together again:

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